jan burke
jan burke



"The Anchorwoman" is a new short story about Irene Kelly out now in Convicted. Irene is a journalism student who hears a comically strange story from someone she knew in high school—a story that Irene comes to believe is no laughing matter.

Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, features a wide array of short stories set in supernatural worlds and with all kinds of fun, games, and sports. Jan chose to write about dodgeball for her story, "Stepping into the Dead Zone." Read it just to find out how she managed to weave fairies, knights, squires, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and two famous poems ("Der Erlkönig" and "The Stolen Child") into one short story!

"Jan Burke's [story] employs impressive world-building in a small package."
   —RT Book Reviews

For a fun Q & A with some of the authors, visit Crimespree Magazine.

Jan has other stories in progress, so watch here and on her blog for more news.

The first eighteen of Jan's short stories are collected in Eighteen.


Jan's stories, listed in order of initial publication, include:

"The Last Place You Look," a Frank Harriman short story, in the forthcoming ebook story collection Justice Done.

"The Quarry," a Bunny Slye short story, in the ebook story collection Case Closed.

"The Anchorwoman," an Irene Kelly short story, in the ebook story collection Convicted.

"Little Birds," a Tyler Hawthorne and Shade short story, in the ebook story collection, Tried.

"Stepping into the Dead Zone," in Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

"Privileges," a Frank Harriman short story in the ebook story collection Caught Red-Handed.

"The Amiable Miss Edith Montague," Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box, edited by Brad Meltzer.

"The Imitator," A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon, edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

"The Fallen," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Zuppa Inglese," Murder at the Racetrack, edited by Otto Penzler

"Lost and Found," Creature Cozies, edited by Jill Morgan

"Call it Macaroni," Murder Most Crafty, edited by Maggie Bruce (aka Marilyn Wallace)

"Devotion," originally published in Eighteen

"The Mouse," originally published in Eighteen

"The Abbey Ghosts," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"The Haunting of Carrick Hollow" written with Paul Sledzik, Crime Through Time III: Historical Mystery Short Stories, edited by Sharan Newman and Miriam Grace Monfredo

"The Man in the Civil Suit," Malice Domestic 9, Introduced by Joan Hess

"An Unsuspected Condition of the Heart," Irreconcilable Differences, edited by Lia Matera

"Miscalculation," Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas, edited by Lawerence Block

"A Man of My Stature," Crime Through Time II: Historical Mystery Short Stories, edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo and Sharan Newman, presented by Lady Antonia Fraser

"Two Bits," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"A Fine Set of Teeth," A.S.A.P. Publishing and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

"Mea Culpa," Malice Domestic 6, edited by Elizabeth Foxwell and presented by Anne Perry

"White Trash," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"The Muse," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"Unharmed," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and A.S.A.P. Publishing

"Ghost of a Chance," Red Herring Mystery Magazine

"Revised Endings," Viva (Dutch language magazine) and Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine

"Why Tonight?," Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

"Sub rosa" ("The Loveseat"), Spannen Gebundeld, 1993, Dutch language suspense anthology published by Bruna/Meulenhoff.